A Look Back – Fine school house standing idle one year after construction

2000 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Stettler scored big after the town was awarded the location of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame by Hockey Alberta for a five-year term. Currently with 25 pictures (12 inches wide and 16 inches high), other memorabilia and Alberta hockey history, the hall of fame will be located upstairs in Stettler Recreation Centre.

• Canadian Alliance Party leadership candidate Stockwell Day attracted about 250 at a really in Stettler at Stettler Agriplex where he delivered a 20-minute speech during his 60-minute visit.

1990 – 20 YEARS AGO

• WestCan Malting Ltd. of Edmonton is expected to name Alix as the future site of one of the largest agricultural processing plants in the province. If plans go ahead, the new facility will draw on locally grown barley.

• After more than 17 years of performing in and around Stettler and all over the province, The Treblemakers have decided to disband. The popular song and comedy group will present its final concert June 17.

1980 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Plans to develop a performing arts theatre and cultural arts centre in Stettler are currently being made. Organizers hope that citizens will embrace this project as a way of marking the 75th anniversary of their community and the Province of Alberta.

• Recognizing the contributions of Clarence F. Kloepfer to the community and to education in Stettler, Stettler school board announced it has established the C.F. Kloepfer Technology Program Scholarships 1980-1990. Scholarships are valued at $100 each and two per year will be awarded for the period of 10 years.

1970 – 40 YEARS AGO

• Grade-6 students of Stettler School found that classes lost their dreariness when taught in open-air conditions beside Buffalo Lake, “The children have developed socially and become more creative in five short day,” remarked one teacher. “ It would be marvelous to have an outdoor school for one month.”

• Stettler Lions Ladies’ Fastball Club was in Calgary over the weekend and won a 13-team tournament. Vicky Wootton was named best pitcher of the tournament and Carol Greenlee, 15, was named most valuable player of the tournament.

1960 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Gay Damberger, Grade 6, and Constance Runge, Grade 8, of Donalda School have won first place among pupils in the County of Stettler for their essays on farm safety. In addition, Gay won second in Alberta out of an estimated 43,000 entries.

1950 – 60 YEARS AGO

• P&K Construction Company is building a group of four bungalows in the Stettler subdivision of Rosedale. These houses will have running water pumped from their own well. Each house is equipped with a chimney furnace, so no basement is necessary.

• Two large farming districts south and west of Donalda have formed rural electrification cooperatives and have drawn up agreements with the Canadian Utilities Ltd. for electric power. The Science Mound REA was formed in 1949 and the second company, formed in March, will serve Donalda west, Up-to-Date and Beuna Vista.

1940 – 70 YEARS AGO

• At the Byemoor Junior Beef Feeding Calf Club fair, Kathleen Knowles won the silver cup and silver medal presented by Stettler Royal Bank for her exhibit. Leslie Campbell received the bronze medal as second prize.

1930 – 80 YEARS AGO

• Mr. Will Godson established the Stettler Independent on June 16, 1906 at a time, says Mr. Godson, “when the sun in brightest, the grass and trees greenest and the promising little burg of Stettler throbs with life and energy”.

• A girl met an old flame and was determined to snub him. “Sorry,” said murmured when the hostess introduced then. “But I didn’t get your name.” “I know you didn’t,” he replied. “But that is not your fault. You tried hard enough.”

1920 – 90 YEARS AGO

• Town of Stettler council has installed concrete pillars with clusters of electric lights on the corners of Main Street and Alberta Avenue (now 50 Avenue). These lights are not only artistic, but will serve the purpose of better lighting for the congested street corners of the town.

1910 – 100 YEARS AGO

• Cornucopia News: It is a sorry sight to see that fine school house standing idle, for though it has been built for over one year, no school classes have been held in it yet. The building is very useful for the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) meetings, but it should also be doing something for the education of the rising generation.

• Erskine residents were rudely awakened out of their peaceful slumbers last week, thinking a murder was being committed, but upon investigation, found it was only a well-known farmer who had fallen from the water wagon.